>Rep. Stupak called “baby killer” during House health care debate

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Turn your volume up and you can hear a person shout “baby killer” during the debate. It sounds as if the phrase was said into a microphone from a distance, which makes me believe it more than likely came from a Republican lawmaker. I wonder if this immature brat of a lawmaker will come forward and admit his classless act.

I tell ya, these conservatives will stop at nothing to prevent this overhaul from passing. From claims it will bring socialism into our government to calling people baby killers, the Republican Party and their conservative base are just out of control when it comes to fighting this issue. Let’s not forget the right wing media’s attack on an 11-year-old boy and is family for supporting the reform. Or the claims about the so-called “death panels” that were in the bill, which was named lie of the year by PolitiFact.

What the bill does (from The New York Times):

The health care bill would require most Americans to have health insurance, would add 16 million people to the Medicaid rolls and would subsidize private coverage for low- and middle-income people, at a cost to the government of $938 billion over 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office said.
The bill would require many employers to offer coverage to employees or pay a penalty. Each state would set up a marketplace, or exchange, where consumers without such coverage could shop for insurance meeting federal standards.
The budget office estimates that the bill would provide coverage to 32 million uninsured people, but still leave 23 million uninsured in 2019. One-third of those remaining uninsured would be illegal immigrants. The new costs, according to the budget office, would be more than offset by savings in Medicare and by new taxes and fees, including a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans and a tax on the investment income of the most affluent Americans.
Cost estimates by the budget office, showing that the bill would reduce federal budget deficits by $143 billion in the next 10 years, persuaded some fiscally conservative Democrats to vote for the bill.

More from the Times:

Health insurers, for example, could not deny coverage to children with medical problems or suddenly drop coverage for people who become ill. Insurers must allow children to stay on their parents’ policies until they turn 26. Small businesses could obtain tax credits to help them buy insurance.

I don’t see anything in here about killing babies. Furthermore, PolitiFact compiled the top 5 lies regarding the legislation. The website even debunked Rep. Stupak’s earlier claim that everyone enrolled would pay $1 towards abortion services. I wonder if Rep. Stupak will inform that rogue lawmaker who called him a baby killer that his previous claims about abortion were absolutely wrong.

I’ve always thought that those who opposed the reform were ones who were “concerned” about the costs and have never been screwed over by the health insurance industry. They’ve never had coverage denied or canceled because of a pre-existing condition. They’ve never had the company deny coverage of a certain prescription medication or made a patient go through numerous barriers of red tape to get a “prior authorization” just to get 30 days worth of overpriced drugs. These opponents, in my opinion, must have never known anyone who had to suffer because they didn’t have the money or didn’t have the access to health care they take advantage of. These opponents just don’t know what it’s like to live on the other side of the tracks or have to worry about whether or not the insurance company will cover a treatment that’s been proven a success.

I, for one, applaud the Congress for passing such legislation that begins the process of making adequate health care available for Americans. I applaud Congress and the president for finally standing up for their constituents and turning their backs on the health care lobby.